City Lights Authors in the News

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The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir
Susan Daitch

"Book Excerpt on"

Read an excerpt from Susan Daitch's forthcoming novel.

- Berfrois Dec 15, 2015

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The Earth Wants YOU!
Reverend Billy Talen

"Photos from Joe's Pub events"

A link to John Quilty's outstanding photos of Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir during their late 2015 gigs at Joe's Pub.

-John Quilty Nov 27, 2015

"Profile in The Guardian UK"

Reverend Billy Talen and his group are returning to New York City this Black Friday to deliver a simple message to Americans: resist consumerism.  Profile by Jana Kasperkevic.

-The Guardian UK Nov 27, 2015

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The Gilda Stories
Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
Jewelle Gomez

"Jewelle Gomez at the Black Comix Arts Festival"

Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor and Jewelle Gomez are interviewed as part of the 2016 Black Comix Arts Festival at the San Francisco Public Library.

-Black Comix Arts Festival Jan 18, 2016

"Women=Books Blog"

Jewelle Gomez talks about the publication history of The Gilda Stories.

-WCW Online Dec 1, 2015

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Incidents of Travel in Poetry
New and Selected Poems
Frank Lima, Garrett Caples, Julien Poirier

"Frank Lima"

Photos, video, a plethora of links, and other great stuff; all about Frank Lima and the new book from City Lights, Incidents of Travel in Poetry.

-The Allen Ginsberg Project Feb 2, 2016

"Frank Lima's Ode to the New York School of Poets"

Examining the excerpt from Incidents of Travel in Poetry in the November 2015 edition of Poetry Magazine, especially the poem titled "Incidents of Travel in Poetry" which features a cavalcade of Lima's New York School peers.

-Andrew Epstein Nov 17, 2015

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Pedro Pietri: Selected Poetry
Pedro Pietri, Pedro Lopez Adorno, Juan Flores

"Suicide Note from a Cockroach' excerpted in Smoke Signals"

Pedro Pietri's poem from Selected Poetry excerpted.

-Smoke Signals Magazine Feb 5, 2016

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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene
Reflections on the End of a Civilization
Roy Scranton

"An Excerpt Up at Dark Mountain"

"Responding autonomously to social excitation means not reacting to it, not passing it on, but interrupting it, then either letting the excitation die or transforming it completely. Responding freely to constant images of fear and violence, responding freely to the perpetual media circuits of pleasure and terror, responding freely to the ongoing alarms of war, environmental catastrophe, and global destruction demands a reorientation of feeling so that every new impulse is held at a distance until it fades or can be changed."––an excerpt from Roy Scranton's Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

-The Dark Mountain Project Jan 20, 2016

"Forum in Boston Review"

"The distinction between human and nature has always been a self-serving political lie."—Roy Scranton


-Boston Review Jan 11, 2016

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Under the Affluence
Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America
Tim Wise

"What Whites Don't Know About Racism"
Tim Wise's op-ed piece on for their Race and Reality Series, offering a concise introduction to what he refers to as white denial. Despite overwhelming facts that tie inequality to racial discrimination past and present, a significant amount of white people simply do not care to acknowledge that this inequality exists. 
"Only by challenging white denial -- and that means we white folks challenging our own -- can we turn back the rising tide of white anxiety, which has manifested most recently in the campaigns of Donald Trump, the backlash against Syrian refugees and the growing hostility to Black Lives Matter protesters . . . In moments like this, we must proclaim not only that black and brown lives matter, despite a society that has rarely acted as such, but that facts matter, too; and as always, the facts suggest that white America still has some waking up to do." Nov 25, 2015

"Income and Wealth Inequality: Long-Term Trends and Current Realities"

An excerpt from Tim Wise's newest book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America on SFAQ. This excerpt also appeared in a print edition of the magazine in November 2015.

-SFAQ Nov 20, 2015

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Stars Seen in Person
Selected Journals
John Wieners, Michael Seth Stewart

"In Review: Books of 2015, Joshua Marie Wilkinson"

Joshua Marie Wilkinson lists Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals as one of his "books of 2015" for The Volta.

-The Volta Dec 1, 2015

"On the Journals of John Wieners"

Adapted version of Michael Seth Stewart's introduction to Stars Seen in Person excerpted in issue 60 of The Volta, December 2015. Part of their feature on John Wieners.

-The Volta Dec 1, 2015

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Shock Treatment
Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
Karen Finley

Interview on WHYY "Radio Times"

To celebrate the publication of Shock Treatment: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition, Marty Moss-Coane digs into the archive for an interview with Karen Finley from 2002. Interview begins at 13 minutes and 30 seconds.

-WHYY Feb 4, 2016

"Interview in The Baltimore Sun"

"I'm interested in the privileged spaces visited by people who own yoga mats and listen to NPR, places like Whole Foods and Yogi Dairy. I'm also ridiculing myself. One feels that these places are so sacred and good and spiritual, but really they're places of masked aggression. There's also an underlying misogyny, because they are places you go to be submissive and to work on yourself. You're never good enough the way you are."—Karen Finley

-The Baltimore Sun Jan 22, 2016

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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

"Juan Felipe's Long Road to United States Poet Laureate"

Video of Juan Felipe's appearance at the Aspen Words reading series, Winter Words, which took place on January 12, 2016. Juan Felipe is introduced and reads from his "bag of poems" at the Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen. Includes a blog post about the event.

"As the national dialogue around immigration becomes increasingly divisive, Herrera’s work radiates compassion and bridges boundaries between different American experiences. This is particularly evident in his most recent poetry collection Notes on the Assemblage, from which he read the poem 'Borderbus.' The poem switches from English to Spanish as two women discuss their situation on a deportation bus headed for a detention center. Despite the pain and injustice portrayed in the poem, hope and healing are equally relevant."

-The Aspen Institute Jan 21, 2016

"The Populist Poet"

Profile of Juan Felipe Herrera, whose work was first published in small-edition chapbooks. Includes quotes and notes from his books with City Lights, Notes on the Assemblage and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border, and how his early publications in ephemeral editions has continued to influence how he approaches his published books.

- Fine Books & Collections Jan 1, 2016

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Disposable Futures
The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle
Brad Evans, Henry A. Giroux

Interview in the New York Times

Brad Evans in discussion with Natasha Lennard.

-The New York Times Dec 16, 2015

"Interview with Brad Evans"

Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Brad Evans about his book Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle, co-authored with Henry Giroux.  Stephenson is host of the show "Political Perspectives" on KBOO, Portland, OR.

-KBOO Political Perspectives Sep 13, 2015

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Women in Public
City Lights Spotlight No. 13
Elaine Kahn

"30 Must-Read Poetry Debuts from 2015"

Women in Public among the 30 must-read poetry debuts of 2015 on Literary Hub.
"What kind of film would your book be and who would direct it? If my book were a film it would be a puppet show directed by Catherine Breillat."

-Literary Hub Dec 8, 2015

"Best of 2015: Best Poetry Books & Collections"

Women in Public included in Entropy's list of the 50 best poetry books & collections.

-Entropy Magazine Dec 7, 2015

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On Time
Poems 2005 - 2014
Joanne Kyger

"In Review: Books of 2015, Forrest Gander"

Forrest Gander lists Joanne Kyger's On Time as one of his "books of 2015" for The Volta.

-The Volta Dec 1, 2015

"Bay Area Poet Joanne Kyger on San Francisco's Literary Culture’

"One of the most respected Bay Area poets working today, Joanne Kyger is often associated with the Black Mountain poets, San Francisco  Renaissance and Beat Generation. She has written more than 20 books of poetry and prose since the 1960s, the first of which was published after traveling throughout India and Japan with Beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gary Snyder, her husband at the time."

"Her latest collection, On Time, was published in March 2015 by City Lights Books, the historic Beat-era bookstore and publishing house. Kyger reflects on San Francisco's literary culture and its influence on her work, both then and now."

-Where Traveler Oct 3, 2015

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Rad American Women A-Z
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

"Best of 2015—A Mighty Girl"

A Mighty Girl special feature highlighting the top 2015 girl-empowering books for children and teens. From adventure stories to graphic novels, fantasy to historical fiction, these incredible new releases—all starring Mighty Girl protagonists—will delight all readers who enjoy stories about smart, confident, and courageous girls and women!

-A Mighty Girl Jan 1, 2016

"Amelia Bloomer List for 2016"

Rad makes the Amelia Bloomer List for 2016, published by the Amelia Bloomer Project. Recommended Feminist Literature for Birth through 18.

-Amelia Bloomer Project Jan 13, 2016

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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

"Former City Poet Laureate Lenelle Moïse Wins Award for First Book"

Details on Lenelle Moïse's winning of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award for her book Haiti Glass, featuring an interview with Moïse talking about the award and the book.

"'To me, Haiti Glass is about zooming in and going slow,' Moïse said, and by doing so, she feels, honoring each precious life and memory within the devastation. The book proved to be her method of 'writing through a lot of feelings of loss.'"


-Daily Hampshire Gazette Dec 30, 2015

"A Female Poetry Explosion in the Caribbean"
Lenelle Moïse profiled as a female Caribbean poet to watch for.
"Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised near Boston, 35-year-old Moïse is a Renaissance woman. A playwright, spoken-word artist, essayist, screenwriter and actress, she channels the Haitian immigrant experience in her varied works. A former Northampton, Massachusetts, Poet Laureate, her 2014 poetry collection, Haiti Glass, offers an unblinking dive into both privilege and catastrophe, in words best read aloud in a strong voice. Haiti Glass has been recognized as a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Lesbian Poetry, and the praise keeps rolling in. Last fall, Moïse told the City Lights Books blog that if her book had a sound track, it would be 'of shard crunch, hoarse voices scatting, bursts of laughter like thunder, and the softest hums.'"––Shannon Sims 
-OZY Sep 12, 2015

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Forest of a Thousand Daemons
A Hunter's Saga
D.O. Fagunwa

"Teeth Marks"

Chigozie Obioma writes a long essay for Poets & Writer on the contrasts between reading Forest of a Thousand Daemons in its original language and the translation by Wole Soyinka, published by City Lights in 2014.

-Poets & Writers Jan 1, 2016

"Excerpt from Forest of a Thousand Daemons in Guernica"

Read an excerpt from Forest of a Thousand Daemons by D.O. Fagunwa in Guernica

-D.O. Fagunwa, Guernica Sep 3, 2013